An Examination of Driver Distraction as Recorded in NHTSA Databases

Distraction from the primary task of driving could present a serious and potentially deadly danger. In 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured in police-reported crashes in which at least one form of driver distraction was reported on the crash report. While these numbers are significant, they may not state the true size of the problem, since the identification of distraction and its role in the crash by law enforcement can be very difficult. This research note provides data from observations, surveys, and crash-based studies with varied methodologies and definitions of distraction, thus presenting several perspectives on the effects of driver distraction. The purpose of this research note is to provide fatality, injury, on-scene crash investigation, and survey data associated with distracted driving and to summarize recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other Department of Transportation research pertaining to distracted-driving crashes.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141647
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 216
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2009 9:01AM